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"Thornton Wilder Writes for Alfred Hitchcock," with Max Alvarez, a New York writer, film historian and frequent speaker on the subject of world cinema culture.
Master of Suspense Alfred Hitchcock often cited his 1943 thriller Shadow of a Doubt as a personal favorite, and it is easy to see why. Featuring playwright Thornton Wilder’s sublime original screenplay, this dark melodrama masquerading as a comedy of manners focuses on a mysterious, charismatic outsider (Joseph Cotten) with a checkered past who mesmerizes his gullible small town relatives and arouses the suspicions of his worshipful niece (Teresa Wright). Wilder wrote the script quickly before beginning his wartime service, so the extent of his impact on the final film has often been called into question. Using examples of several original screenplay drafts, author-historian Max Alvarez has finally succeeded in resolving the matter – and the results are in Thornton Wilder’s favor.
Join the film scholar, whose essay on Shadow of a Doubt appears in the current Northwestern University Press book, Thornton Wilder: New Perspectives, as he does a comparative analysis between screen and film in this riveting presentation that will leave you appropriately in suspense.